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Sorry for the late reply, I have been very busy over the last few days.
I have taken a two hours this evening to install and test the updated plugin, and there are indeed a few great improvements in there!
As you have written, the title tag can now be controlled via the shortcode editor. Great! I was also able to include the Vimeo and Youtube videos in the sitemap by reactivating the embed button.
The video description tag controllable is usable, although it would be ideal to also be able to specify the description via the shortcode editor…
I also had a look at the schema.org structured data generated but I saw that that functionality hasn’t evolved yet. I guess this will be one of the next steps?
I have updated my test page with my findings at the bottom of the page:
OK, let me know when you have news.
All the videos you see on https://www.enjoy-swimming.com/test-page-foliovision.html are in the wp-admin -> FV Player screen, indeed.
Re shortcode functionality: As long as the schema/sitemap attributes such as name, description, video length etc. get pulled from the corresponding Vimeo video, the ability to override these values in WordPress via shortcode is not critical.
It can make sense when for example I use a Youtube video I don’t own and want to override the title/description for SEO purposes in my schema/sitemap attributes, but I don’t have that many Youtube videos I use so it isn’t that important.
It’s just that ARVE does this and in some cases such as above it can be interesting.
I have about 65 Vimeo videos on my site and only 5-10 Youtube videos, so the Vimeo sitemap/schema functionality is most important to me.
Re contentURL/embedURL: I use the following tag in my manually created video sitemap (https://www.enjoy-swimming.com/video-sitemap.manual.xml):
That’s the tag that I was given by Vimeo and my videos are now slowly getting indexed by Google, so I guess that would be the URL you need to use?
I don’t know if you can get direct access to the video file from Vimeo, and in a way this makes sense because they have different resolutions for different screen sizes AFAIK.
Any news on this?
I have played a bit more with the Video player this weekend:
For comparison, I have also created a test page for the ARVE player that I currently use, but which has no Sitemap support:
I have identified several problems with the FV player, and written them down at the bottom of the FV player test page. Those problems would have to be adressed in addition to supporting Vimeo videos in the sitemap.
Let me know what you think.
I am willing to pay the $100 to contribute to the development of the sitemap feature, as this could really save me a lot of time and hassle over the long run.
Just a few points/questions before we proceed:
* Would the <video:title> and <video:description> tags be pulled from the corresponding title and description fields of the Vimeo video?
* Would the schema.org structured data tags also be populated with the same info from Vimeo?
I would also need an invoice for this for my accounting, I guess this won’t be a problem?
OK. Could you give me a time frame for a resolution of this problem.
Another thing I’ve alluded to previously:
I have now set up a test page with both a private and a public Vimeo video:
When I look at the video sitemap, neither the private nor the public video are included there:
Furthermore, neither the private nor the public video seems to create schema markup:
I would expect for at least the public video to appear in the sitemap and schema markup.
Any idea what is going on?
Why is there no update to this?
OK. This sounds like you need to develop something, and hence a longer timeframe.
Am I correct in my assumptions?
All my videos are publicly accessible, there is no membership section.
The videos are set to “Hide from Vimeo homepage”. Otherwise they are accessible I think:
Up to a few days ago I used the following manually created video sitemap:
But my site was losing visitors since July 2018, but I didn’t know why.
Then a few days ago I noticed that my videos weren’t indexed anymore in Google, and after some investigation, it appeared that Vimeo retired their flash video player, which is referenced in the old manual sitemap like this:
I have now created a new manual sitemap using the following player_loc tag:
I’m not 100% if this will work, however.
What I can tell is that I have lost more than 50% of my traffic, probably because the old manual video sitemap wasn’t valid anymore with the flash player in there.
So what I’d like to do is to have a plugin that automatically generates the right video sitemap (and schema) so I don’t have to maintain this stuff manually.
That’s why I’m looking into your FV Player.
I just did some more tests. I bought a pro license of FV player, then integrated to FV player with Vimeo as described here:
I removed the video from the post and from the list of FV Player videos in the admin panel, then readded it.
Yet, the video still doesn’t appear in the video sitemap:
Furthermore the schema object doesn’t appear to be created either:
Both features (video sitemap and schema markup) are activated in the settings:
I also did another test where I made the video visible to anyone, including on the vimeo.com homepage. Yet, the sitemap stays empty and the schema markup isn’t generated it seems.
Do neither of these features work? In that case, the (pro) plugin isn’t really of much use to me…